I’m going to try and get out for one last fishing trip this coming Sunday. I spent yesterday running around town getting stuff for the store. I’ve been looking at our old spotlights and checked out IKEA to see what they had, and didn’t find anything. I did get a coat hanger there for those days when people come in with rain or snow covered coats and jackets. Now I’ll feel less stressed worrying about them dripping on the books. I found a spotlight at HOME DEPOT that I hope will work in our tracks. I picked up a surge protector at COSTCO for the counter plugs so I don’t have to worry about our computers getting fried. We’ve been lucky so far. Penny and I spent all morning running around on errands for both the Snail and our house so it wasn’t all work and no play.
I did a bunch of reading while Penny spent the afternoon cooking up meals for the week. Mmm…slow cooker ribs.
Spider-Men #5 - This magnificent mini is over but W-Brian Bendis leaves us with a big old question mark on the last page. It's something that I will keep wondering about until he gives me an answer.
Sword of Sorcery #0 - Yes, I read Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld when it hit the racks in 1983. It helped me become the mextrosexual man that I am today. This new 52 update by W-Christy Marx and A-Aaron Lopresti is a lot better than I expected. There's an evil queen hungry for power and a teenaged Amethyst who grew up on Earth and then gets transported to Gemworld, now called Nilaa, on her 17th birthday. The Beowulf back-up was also a surprise with a mighty sword wielding warrior awakened from an abandoned military post. Books like these were successful back in the day when Sword and Sorcery titles ruled. Conan started it but then books like Warlord by W&A-Mike Grell and a whole bunch of others hit the racks. I don't know if this book will sell like those did but it's still worth reading.
Ghost #0 - Here's another female character resurrected from the past. Ghost first appeared in 1994 when Dark Horse first put her on the racks and I read those too. This new version has W-Kelly Sue DeConnick and A-Phil Noto using a paranormal and investigative reporter to find out how the mysterious woman in white became a ghost.
Daredevil #18 - Bringing back old female characters that we haven't seen in a long time seems to be a trend this week. Matt's ex is back in this issue. He has a lot of exes so you'll have to read it to find out who it is. My question to W-Mark Waid is; how are you going to explain fooling Matt's hyper senses?
Fables #121 - Therese and Darien's adventure in Toyland comes to an end. Not all of these stories end happily ever after.
Womanthology #1 - All 5 of the little vignettes in here are written and drawn by women. None of them really stand out as extraordinary science-fiction but they did remind me of the old EC comics.
Revival #3 - If I were to see blood at the top of the basement stairs, the last thing I would do would be to go down into the basement. I want to know what the white thing lurking in the barn is.
Jennifer Blood #17 - I really hope that Jen doesn't have to do something about her kids. If W-Al Ewing goes there, then I'm out of here.
Ultimate Spider-Man #15 - I think I've found the secret to staying young. Read comic books. You may look your age but your mind will be tickled pink like a kid at Christmas a lot of the time. Not every comic book that you read will make you feel that way, but when it does, you just feel like a kid again. Ultimate Spider-Man does that for me a lot. W-Brian Bendis and A-David Marquez made this issue fun.
Justice League #0 - The transformation of Billy Batson into Shazam is completed in this issue. He's no Miles "Ultimate Spider-Man" Morales but Billy's got a charm all his own. I really like W-Geoff Johns's more sinister take on Shazam. I can't wait to see how bad ass Black Adam is.
The Shadow #5 - It's amazing how much the Japanese have changed since World War II.
Avengers #30 - I've noticed a drop in sales on this title recently. Part of it may be because fans are getting tired of the Avengers versus X-Men storyline. Part of it could be A-Walt Simonson. He's a great storyteller but he doesn't draw pretty. A lot of fans these days want to see pretty pictures in their comic books. Sad but true.
X-Factor #244 - The team is starting to break apart and Theresa is the next to go. It's the way that she departs that makes this issue really good. W-Peter David and A-Leonard Kirk are changing things and I can't wait to see what comes next.
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #3 - You'll notice a different look to P-Andy Kubert's art as you read this issue. His dad Joe passed away while working on this issue and I-Bill Sienkiewicz did the finishes on the last few pages. Joe Kubert was a master artist and he will be missed.
Batwoman #0 - Kate Kane tells us how she became Batwoman. It's a nicely written origin story.
Untold Tales of the Punisher Max #4 - Frank punishes more scummy men and I wonder how low criminals can go.
Unwritten #35 to #41 - All caught up on the life and times of Tommy Taylor. I hope Lizzie comes back.
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